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What to Do When a Loved One Is Struggling with Grief

Grief Support San Mateo

Grief following the death of a close friend or loved one is a very personal experience. Each individual displays and feels grief in different ways, and grief may last only a short while or persist for many months after funeral and burial services have been completed. Knowing how to provide grief support for a loved one struggling with this experience can benefit both you and your loved one during this time.

Listen Compassionately
One of the best ways to support a loved one struggling with grief is to provide a compassionate and ready ear. Rather than avoiding the topic of sadness or death, make yourself available and ask if he'd like to talk. Keep in mind that it's normal for your loved one to repeat the same words, stories, or feelings many times; expecting this can help you remain an attentive listener, rather than becoming short or dismissive.

Offer Ongoing Support
Individuals may deal with long-lasting feelings of grief long after a loved one has been lost. It's important to remember to check in with your loved one regularly, even weeks or months after the funeral or burial service has passed. When possible, make plans for future holidays or anniversaries so your loved one won't spend this time alone.

Seek Professional Help
If you believe your loved one is truly struggling with grief that cannot be overcome alone, it's best to seek the help of a professional grief counselor. Some of the signs of severe grief or depression include difficulty performing daily functions, severe or prolonged changes in mood, sleeping patterns, or weight, and drug or alcohol abuse.

At Skylawn Memorial Park, we understand that the loss of a loved one is a difficult process. We offer professional grief support and grief counseling in San Mateo in addition to our personalized funeral, cremation, and burial services. If you'd like to learn more about funeral planning or are seeking grief support after a loss, please reach out to us today at (650) 349-4411 or contact us via our website.

Is It Necessary to Wear a Tie to a Funeral?

One common funeral etiquette question funeral homes encounter time and again is what is appropriate to wear. For men, this question often revolves around whether a tie is necessary for funeral services. The answer is not so straightforward.

Traditionally, funeral services were formal events to which women wore dresses and men wore suits and ties, always in black. Today, funerals run the gamut as people opt for increasingly personalized services. That means the funeral you are attending may be traditional, in which case a tie is customary, or may have a special dress code requested by the family to uniquely honor the person who has passed. For instance, you may be asked to dress in the colors of the favorite sports team of the deceased. Usually, the funeral home can advise attendees about any special dress code requirements if the family does not share that information.

At Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, we encourage all of the families we serve to personalize their funeral services in San Mateo to honor their own traditions and the wishes of their loved ones. To arrange a funeral or find about pre-planning a funeral, call (650) 349-4411.

What Is Complicated Grief?

Losing a loved one is always difficult. Grieving lasts long after the funeral services end, but for some people, grief doesn't get any easier over time. This kind of grief is called complicated grief. Watch this video to learn more.

Grief typically gets progressively less intense over time, and while most people find that it never really goes away, it gets easier to live with. Complicated grief doesn't lessen in intensity and becomes an all-consuming force. People dealing with this kind of grief can benefit from grief counseling.

Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park is here to help with all stages of funeral planning in San Mateo, including grief support. Call us at (650) 349-4411 with your questions about burial, cremation, grief counseling, and the other services at our funeral home.

Resolving Misconception About Green Burial

Green burial is an increasingly common choice for people who are committed to living environmentally friendly lifestyles and wish to find a way to honor these convictions in death. However, myths about green burials can prevent people and their loved ones that survive them from making informed decisions during the funeral planning process. If you are considering green burial as you pre-plan your funeral or plan a funeral service for a loved one, here is the truth behind some common misconceptions.

Myth: Green burial is illegal.

Many people incorrectly believe that green burial is illegal. In reality, most local and state ordinances allow green burial, whether the burial involves using an eco-friendly vault or no vault at all. Many cemeteries don't allow green burial, and often, people mistake these rules for actual laws rather than cemetery policies. Green burial is almost certain to be legal in your area, but you must find a cemetery that can accommodate it.

Myth: Green burial contaminates ground water.

A persistent myth about green burial is that burying people without using vaults can contaminate the water supply. There have been many studies into this concern, including in England, where green burial is the norm, and all have shown that there is no impact on groundwater supplies. In fact, because green cemeteries don't use fertilizers or fuels that could cause toxic runoff, water near green cemeteries is often cleaner than water in other areas.

Myth: Green burial can interfere with funeral services.

Some people worry that green techniques, such as not embalming the deceased, can interfere with the funeral planning process and the ability to have services. However, green burial is completely compatible with any kind of funeral you wish to plan. The burial has no effect on your memorial plans.

If you have questions about green burial in San Mateo, call Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park. We offer comprehensive funeral planning services that are easily personalized for each family's unique needs. Find out more by calling (650) 349-4411.

Meaningful Elements That Can Personalize a Funeral Service

Funeral services are important opportunities for family and friends to come together to say goodbye to someone they loved and to celebrate his or her life. By adding elements to the service that make it feel personal, you can create a fitting tribute to a lost loved one that truly reflects his or her life. There are many ways to personalize funeral services, including these examples.

Music

Music can play an especially important role in funerals. You don't have to stick to standard selections. Instead, consider using favorite songs of your lost loved one or songs that will trigger special memories. By handpicking music that has relevance to your loved one and your family and friends, you will create a service that resonates with everyone in attendance and helps them focus on good memories. Your funeral home can help you prepare the music for the funeral ceremony, whether you choose to use recorded music or bring in musicians or vocalists to perform your choices.

Caisson Services

Caisson services, in which the vault is carried to the burial site by horses, is common for military funerals and is used in Arlington National Cemetery. However, these services are not exclusively for deceased military members and can easily be incorporated into any funeral service. Many families appreciate the solemnness of the procession. Talk to your funeral home about arranging a caisson when you are planning the service.

Wristbands

If you wish to give your funeral guests a keepsake that commemorates your loved one but want something different than standard funeral cards, consider wristbands. The bands can be printed with your loved one's name and any message you wish, so that guests can keep this reminder with them. You can also choose colors that honor a cause close to the heart of your lost loved one, such as pink for breast cancer awareness.

Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has extensive Signature Services to enhance and personalize your funeral service in San Mateo. When you need funeral planning assistance, call (650) 349-4411.

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